Safely Working with Hazardous Materials
WorkSafe BC requires a hazardous materials inspection for any worksite to check for the presence of potential asbestos-containing materials in a building. Most municipalities insist on an inventory of hazardous materials present in a building before they will issue a renovation or demolition permit.
Section 20.112 of the OHS Regulation states that before starting any demolition or renovation, the employer or owner must:
Inspect the site to identify any asbestos, lead or other heavy metal or toxic, flammable or explosive materials that may be handled, disturbed or moved.
Have the inspection results available at the worksite, including drawings, plans, or specifications, as appropriate, to show the locations of any hazardous materials.
Ensure that any hazardous materials found are safely contained or removed.
Qualified Professionals Only
Another requirement from WorkSafeBC is that hazardous materials can only be handled by a qualified person: someone with the education and training in the handling of hazardous materials. This isn't a DIY project that you can take on. For the sake of your health and your family, hire a professional.
Stop If Hazardous Materials Are Found
Failure to comply could have severe financial and health repercussions.
RemovAll Remediation has extensive experience with these regulations and can deal with all aspects of compliance, so you can focus on the rest of the project.